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I’m Feeling Earthy: Earth Day trends and moreI’m Feeling Earthy: Earth Day trends and moreLead for Sustainability

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 16:00:00 -0000

It’s Earth Day—take a walk with us.

First, let’s dig into issues taking root in Search. Ahead of Earth Day, “solar energy,” “drought” and “endangered species” climbed in popularity this week. Meanwhile, people are looking for ways their own actions can make a positive impact. The top “how to recycle” searches were for plastic, paper, batteries, plastic bags, and styrofoam. And around the world, trending queries about Earth Day were “how many trees will be saved by recycling?” and “which type of plastic is more friendly to the environment?”  

To explore some of the other searches that are blooming for Earth Day, take a look at our trends page.


In our corner of the world, Earth Day celebrations started on Google Earth’s first birthday (tweet at @googleearth with #ImFeelingEarthy and see where it takes you!). The party continues today with a special tribute to Jane Goodall in today’s Doodle, and kids inspired by the Doodle can create their own Google logo, thanks to our partnership with World Wildlife Fund. And while we’re feeling extra Earthy this week, the environment is important to our work all year long—here’s what we’re doing for our operations, our surroundings, our customers, and our community.


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How Google autocomplete works in SearchHow Google autocomplete works in SearchPublic Liaison for Search

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:30:00 -0000

Autocomplete is a feature within Google Search designed to make it faster to complete searches that you’re beginning to type. In this post—the second in a series that goes behind-the-scenes about Google Search—we’ll explore when, where and how autocomplete works.Using autocompleteAutocomplete is available most anywhere you find a Google search box, including the Google home page, the Google app for iOS and Android, the quick search box from within Android and the “Omnibox” address bar within Chrome. Just begin typing, and you’ll see predictions appear:In the example above, you can see that typing the letters “san f” brings up predictions such as “san francisco weather” or “san fernando mission,” making it easy to finish entering your search on these topics without typing all the letters.Sometimes, we’ll also help you complete individual words and phrases, as you type:Autocomplete is especially useful for those using mobile devices, making it easy to complete a search on a small screen where typing can be hard. For both mobile and desktop users, it’s a huge time saver all around. How much? Well:On average, it reduces typing by about 25 percentCumulatively, we estimate it saves over 200 years of typing time per day. Yes, per day!Predictions, not suggestionsYou’ll notice we call these autocomplete “predictions” rather than “suggestions,” and there’s a good reason for that. Autocomplete is designed to help people complete a search they were intending to do, not to suggest new types of searches to be performed. These are our best predictions of the query you were likely to continue entering.How do we determine these predictions? We look at the real searches that happen on Google and show common and trending ones relevant to the characters that are entered and also related to your location and previous searches.The predictions change in response to new characters being entered into the search box. For example, going from “san f” to “san fe” causes the San Francisco-related predictions shown above to disappear, with those relating to San Fernando then appearing at the top of the list:That makes sense. It becomes clear from the additional letter that someone isn’t doing a search that would relate to San Francisco, so the predictions change to something more relevant.Why some predictions are removedThe predictions we show are common and trending ones related to what someone begins to type. However, Google removes predictions that are against our autocomplete policies, which bar:Sexually explicit predictions that are not related to medical, scientific, or sex education topicsHateful predictions against groups and individuals on the basis of race, religion or several other demographicsViolent predictionsDangerous and harmful activity in predictionsIn addition to these policies, we may remove predictions that we determine to be spam, that are closely associated with piracy, or in response to valid legal requests.A guiding principle here is that autocomplete should not shock users with unexpected or unwanted predictions.This principle and our autocomplete policies are also why popular searches as measured in our Google Trends tool might not appear as predictions within autocomplete. Google Trends is designed as a way for anyone to deliberately research the popularity of search topics over time. Autocomplete removal policies are not used for Google Trends.Why inappropriate predictions happenWe have systems in place designed to automatically catch inappropriate predictions and not show them. However, we process billions of searches per day, which in turn means we show many billions of predictions each day. Our systems aren’t perfect, and inappropriate predictions can get through. When we’re alerted to these, we strive to quickly remove them.It’s worth noting that while some predictions may seem odd, shocking or cause a “Who would search for that!” reaction, looking at the actual search results they generate sometimes provides needed context. As we[...]

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Simplifying apps, desktops and devices with Citrix and Chrome EnterpriseSimplifying apps, desktops and devices with Citrix and Chrome EnterpriseProduct Manager

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:00:00 -0000

As cloud adoption continues to accelerate, many organizations have found they need an ever-expanding fleet of mobile devices so that employees can work wherever and whenever they need. And research shows that when employees can work from anywhere, they can do more. According to Forbes, employee mobility leads to 30 percent better processes and 23 percent more productivity.But as the demand for mobility grows, many organizations have also found themselves challenged by the need to provide secure mobile endpoints with access to certain legacy line-of-business or Windows apps. To help, last year we announced our partnership with Citrix to bring XenApp and XenDesktop to Chrome Enterprise.Since bringing XenApp and XenDesktop to Chrome Enterprise, we’ve worked extensively with Citrix to help more businesses embrace the cloud. Last month, we announced that admins can now manage Chromebooks through several popular enterprise mobility management (EMM) tools, including Citrix XenMobile. And this year at HIMSS we showed how the combination of Citrix and HealthCast on Chrome Enterprise helps healthcare workers access electronic health records and virtualized apps securely on Chrome OS using their proximity badge.All of this is the topic of an IDG webinar we’re co-sponsoring with Citrix. The webinar “Chrome OS & Citrix: Simplify endpoint management and VDI strategy” includes IDG CSO SVP/Publisher Bob Bragdon, Chrome Enterprise Group Product Manager Eve Phillips, and Citrix Chief Security Strategist Kurt Roemer as speakers, and addresses how Citrix and Chrome enable access to mission-critical business apps and create a productive workforce inside or outside corporate infrastructure.Here’s what the webinar will cover:How Chrome and Citrix can ensure secure access to critical enterprise apps.How employees can be more productive through access to legacy apps in VDI. How Citrix XenApp (XA) and XenDesktop (XD) integrate with Chrome OS.How Citrix’s upcoming product launches and enhancements with Chrome, GCP and G Suite can help enterprise IT teams and end users.In March, Citrix’s Todd Terbeek shared his experiences transitioning to Chrome Enterprise, and this week Chief Security Strategist Kurt Roemer discussed how combining Citrix with Chrome can deliver expanded value across security, privacy and compliance. Our work with Citrix continues to evolve, and we’re looking forward to finding new ways to collaborate in the future.To learn more, sign up for the webinar.A new webinar, “Chrome OS & Citrix: Simplify endpoint management and VDI strategy,” addresses how Citrix and Chrome enable access to mission-critical business apps and create a productive workforce inside or outside corporate infrastructure.[...]

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The High Five: put your hands together for this week's search trendsThe High Five: put your hands together for this week's search trendsManaging Editor, The Keyword

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:40:00 -0000

Every Friday, we look back at five trending topics in Search from that week, and then give ourselves a High Five for making it to the weekend. Today we’re putting our hands together for National High Five Day—so first, a few notable “high five” trends. Then on to our regularly scheduled programming.

High Fives all around
Turns out, searches for “high five” transcend all realms of culture: sports (“Why do NBA players high five after free throws?”) entertainment (“how to high five a Sim”), and pets (“How to teach a dog to high five”). As for virtual high fives, “Scrubs,” “Seinfeld” and Liz Lemon are high five famous—they’re the top trending “high five gifs.”

A First Lady, first a mother
When former First Lady Barbara Bush passed away on Tuesday at the age of 92, people remembered her role as matriarch, searching for “Barbara Bush children,” “Barbara Bush family,” and “Barbara Bush grandchildren.” She was the second woman to be the mother and wife of a president; and searches for the first woman to hold that title, Abigail Adams (wife of John and mother of John Quincy) went up by 1,150 percent this week.

What’s Swedish for robot?
Need an extra set of hands? A team of researchers built a robot to help with one of the most challenging tasks of the modern era—assembling Ikea furniture. In an ordinary week, people might search for Ikea lamp, but for now they’re more interested in “Ikea robot.” Though Swedish meatballs are always a favorite, this week’s trending Ikea furniture items were Ikea closets, plants and sofas.

Work it, Walmart
Walmart’s store aisles are turning into runways with the new employee dress code. They can now wear jeans and–brace yourselves–anysolid color top. As for bottoms, people want to know, “Are leggings included in Walmart’s new dress code?” We never (Arkan)saw this coming, but Arkansas topped the list of regions searching for “Walmart dress code” in the U.S. For people wondering about other dress code etiquette, a trending question was “what to wear to jury duty.”

Kendrick makes history
This week people asked “Why is Kendrick Lamar important?” Listen to this: he made music history by being the first non-classical or jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music Composition (high five, Kendrick!). And people felt the pull to search for “Kendrick Lamar prize”—interest was 900 percent higher than “Kendrick Lamar song.”

(image) Check out what’s trending on Google with a look at a few of the top searches from this week.

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(Cerf)ing the Internet: meet the man who helped build it(Cerf)ing the Internet: meet the man who helped build itManaging Editor, The Keyword

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:00:00 -0000

Editor’s Note: Tonight, Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf will accept a Franklin Institute Award (alongside fellow inventor Robert E. Kahn) for enabling the internet by developing TCP/IP, the set of methods that allows effective communication between millions of computer networks. In the words of the Institute, “Every person who has ever sent an email, downloaded a webpage, or sent a photo to a friend owes a debt” to Vint and Robert. We sat down with Vint to learn more about his prestigious career, what’s yet to come, and what he may be best known for (his daily habit of wearing a three-piece suit).Tell us about the job that you’ve set out to do at Google (as well as your unique title).When I first got the job at Google, I proposed to Larry and Sergey (Google’s founders) that my title should be “archduke.” They countered with “Chief Internet Evangelist,” and I was okay with that. My objective was, and still is, to get more internet out there. Google has been very effective in fulfilling that objective so far with CSquared and efforts for the Next Billion Users. But today only half the world’s population is online, and I’ve been told I’m not allowed to retire because my job is only half done.What are some other things you’ve worked on at Google?In my years at Google, I’ve had the lucky freedom to stick my nose into pretty much anything. I’ve gotten very interested in the internet of things, and want to foster a deep awareness of what it takes to make those devices work well, while preserving safety, security and privacy.Since my first day at Google, I’ve been passionate about making our products accessible to everyone, whether you have a hearing, vision or mobility problem (or something else). I’m hearing impaired—I’ve worn a hearing aid since I was 13—and my wife is deaf but uses two cochlear implants. Google has an entire team in place that looks after accessibility across all of our product areas.Oh, another project I’ve been working on is Digital Vellum, to address my concern about the fragility of digital information. We store our information on various media (think of the evolution of floppy disks to external hard drives to the cloud), but those media don’t last forever. Sometimes the media is ok, but the reader doesn’t work. To make matters worse, even if you can read the bits, if you don’t have the software that know what the bits mean, it’s a worthless pile of bits! Digital Vellum is creating an environment where we can preserve the meaning of digital information over long periods of time, measured in hundreds of years.That sounds like a lot of work for one guy at Google!Compared to what a lot of people do, this isn’t much.Vint Cerf_Gallery4.jpgIn 1997, President Bill Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Vint and Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the internet.Vint Cerf_Gallery1.jpgHere’s Vint with Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web. Apparently they get mixed up a lot.Vint Cerf_Gallery3.jpgVint and his wife, Sigrid CerfVint Cerf_Gallery6.jpg1974, Johannesburg, South Africa, demonstrating the ARPANET via satellite to New York.Vint Cerf_Gallery2.jpgSigns put up in Europe during a push to evangelize IPv6, the most recent version of the Internet Protocol.What do you like to do for fun?(It should be noted: When I first asked Vint this question, he excitedly told me about all of the organizations he’s involved with—he’s the Chairman of the Board of the People Centered Internet, a visiting scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, former Chairman of the Board of ICANN, and was appointed to the National Science Board by President Obama. I pointed out that he does a lot of work outside of work—which he clearly loves—and reminded him of my particular definition of fun, to which he responded with the following).I enjoy reading science fiction (my favorite is Isaac Asimov’s[...]

How we explored the whole wide world with Google Earth in the past yearHow we explored the whole wide world with Google Earth in the past yearProduct Manager

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:00:00 -0000

From polar bears in Canada to the highest peaks on the planet, hundreds of millions of people searched to the edge of the world and beyond with Google Earth in the last year.On Earth Day 2017, we shared a brand new version of Google Earth that works on the web, Android and iOS. Since then, hundreds of millions of people, big and small, took a spin on the globe; armchair explorers everywhere followed along with more than 300 Voyager stories in 8 languages; and we learned that you can have too much of a good thing 🍔.To celebrate the past year of whizzing around the globe, here’s a look at what made Google Earth go round over the last 365 days.1.  Home is where the searches start. But they don’t stay there.The first place most people search for on Google Earth is home. But that’s only the beginning. From there, you search most for natural wonders and famous landmarks of the world, like Times Square, Taj Mahal, Eiffel Tower, Mount Everest and Niagara Falls. Many of you have an out-of-this-world fascination with Area 51. And, yes, we recently saw a bump in searches for Wakanda.When it came to physically leaving home, many people stuck with classic travel destinations like New York City and Paris. But you also had dreams of oceanside views and crystal waters—our next most popular travel itinerary was for Santorini, Greece.Caption: Santorini, Greece2. Three billion people got an updated view of their neighborhood.We’re updating the imagery you see in Google Earth and Google Maps all the time. Within the past 12 months, we’ve added enough new 3D and 2D imagery to cover 3 billion people, or about 40 percent of the world’s population. New York City, Stockholm and Hakodate, Japan are just some of the more than 400 cities and metro areas that got a makeover with new high-resolution 3D imagery.3. Yahtzee! You’ve rolled the dice 190 million times.I’m Feeling Lucky is now one of Earth’s most popular features. It’s simple: Click the dice icon and fly to a random, awesome place on the globe. Since launch, you’ve rolled the dice 190 million times, or about six rolls per second. And because it’s almost our favorite day of the year, Earth Day, we’re feeling extra Lucky—Earthy, even. Tweet #ImFeelingEarthy to @googleearth and see where it takes you.4. You’ve got mail! The world created $50 million worth of postcards.We’ve all been there: Daydreaming about that next great adventure. That’s why we built the Postcards feature for our Android and iOS apps, so that once you found that beautiful place—Lagos, Portugal, anyone?—you could share with a friend and get them dreaming too. Last year, you created more than 40 million postcards—in postage that’s about $50 million, €39 million or ¥3 billion.e13e455. You got the warm fuzzies watching 18 live animal cams.Thanks to’s network of live nature cams in Earth, you could observe brown bears fishing for salmon in Alaska and polar bears poking around the Tundra Buggy Lodge in Churchill, Canada. Even when Charlotte and Charlie’s osprey nest was empty, we couldn’t look away! Stay tuned for puffin and guillemot action in the next few weeks.Cute animal photos courtesy of Explore.org6. Voyager stories took you from home to space, and everywhere in between.  From the Great Sphinx to Mars to a crater in Mexico, millions of you followed along with more than 300 interactive tours in Voyager. Our most popular stories introduced new cultures and habitats: This is Home, I Am Amazon and BBC Earth’s Natural Treasures. Teachers and students explored the solar system with Japan’s Miraikan and investigated the end of the dinosaur age with HHMI Biointeractive. And some stories were just great eye candy: Earth View and NASA’s Earth at Night.We built an eclipse generator for the coolest event of 2017.It’s been a busy first year for the new Google Earth! Here’s to another 365 days of exploring the world.[...]Ce[...]

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Visualizing the #MeToo movement using Google TrendsVisualizing the #MeToo movement using Google TrendsPublic Policy and Government Relations Senior Counsel

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:00:00 -0000

The #MeToo movement has inspired growing, worldwide awareness of sexual violence and sexual assault. This is not only a significant moment in history; it’s a significant moment in internet history: #MeToo marks a time when sexual assault survivors everywhere turned the internet into a platform for their voices and perspectives to be heard and respected.

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we created Me Too Rising, a visualization of the global #MeToo movement through Google Trends data. On the site, you can look at global interest starting last fall and watch as consciousness spreads over time. In the past year, #MeToo has been searched in 195 countries—that's every country on earth. You can see the cities where it was trending on different dates and see what’s happening now at local levels with city-specific Google Search results for “Me Too.” And the sexual assault resources page has information for anyone who needs help or wants to learn more about sexual assault.

To make it easier for survivors to find support, is providing $500,000 in grants to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) and Girls for Gender Equity. The two grants will provide increased support to RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Hotline and help Girls for Gender Equity launch a digital community where survivors can access tools to craft their own healing journeys.

I recently had the honor of hearing from Tarana Burke, whose decade-long effort as the founder of the #MeToo Movement has given voice to the survivors of sexual assault. With Google Trends, we now have data to reflect the power of those collective voices—we can see how far-reaching this movement has become. 

Here’s a snippet of my conversation with Tarana Burke

Here’s a snippet of my conversation with Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo Movement and senior director at Girls for Gender Equity

Me Too Rising shows what it looks like when we all become a little more aware of sexual assault and violence. When enough survivors speak up, the world not only listens; it searches for answers.

(image) In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we created Me Too Rising, a visualization of the global Me Too movement through Google Trends data.

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AIY Projects: A first step into STEMAIY Projects: A first step into STEMDirector

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:00:00 -0000

Artificial Intelligence allows computers to perform increasingly complex tasks like understanding speech or identifying what’s in an image. AI built into hardware lets you build devices that feel more personal, can be trained to solve individual problems, and do things people haven’t thought of yet. Building AI-based things used to require expensive hardware and an advanced computer science degree, but with AIY Projects we’ve created two simple kits that allow students and makers to start building, playing and learning about AI.Each kit takes you through step-by-step instructions to build a cardboard shell and then install the electronics to assemble your own device. The Voice Kit lets you build a voice-controlled speaker, while the Vision Kit lets you build a camera that learns to recognize people and objects. Along the way you learn the basics of building simple electronic circuits, some light programming, and setting up a Raspberry Pi (a small circuit board computer). But building the kit is just a starting point, and once it’s built you can start to customize its functionality and dive even deeper into programming and hardware.AIY Vision Kit Open.jpgAIY Voice Kit Opened.jpgkitSince launching these kits last year, we’ve seen interest from parents and teachers who have found the products to be great learning tools in and out of the classroom. While the changing nature of work means that our students may have jobs that haven't yet been imagined, we do know that computer science skills—like analytical thinking and creative problem solving— will be crucial in the future. AIY Projects kits aim to help prepare students, lowering the barriers to entry for learning computer science.We’ve created a new version of our original kits that make classroom use easier with the AIY Vision Kit 2 and the AIY Voice Kit 2. Each one now includes everything you need to get going right in the box. We’ve also released a new Android App that greatly simplifies configuration of the device.To help students learn more about AI we’re introducing a new AIY Models area to our site that showcases a collection of pre-built AI models designed to work with AIY kits. Now students can load up new models to explore different facets of AI, like a new smile detector model that lets you instantly tell whether someone looking into a Vision Kit is smiling. Over time we’ll be adding new models that explore new functionality and content about each model.Finally, on the refreshed the AIY website we’ve improved documentation with better photos and instructions, to make it easier for young makers to get started and learn as they build.  These are our first steps in starting to address the needs of the STEM market and improving our products for parents, students and teachers. However, it’s also the start of a conversation with the STEM community to learn more about their needs as we build, iterate, and make content for our new and existing products. Send us your feedback, thoughts, and ideas on how we can make these kits a meaningful part of STEM education at or stop by Maker Faire in May and ISTE in June.The new Vision Kit and Voice Kit have arrived at U.S. Target Stores and this month and we’re working to make them globally available through retailers worldwide. Be sure to sign up on our mailing list to be notified when our products become available, or check out what we’re doing on social media by searching for #aiyprojects.[...]AIY Projects allow students and makers to start building, playing and learning about AI.

5 things you can do with Chrome Browser to increase employee productivity5 things you can do with Chrome Browser to increase employee productivityProduct Manager

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:00:00 -0000

Whether it’s accessing business apps, collaborating on projects or just checking email, the web browser is increasingly becoming the place where employees get their jobs done. In fact, 76 percent of companies employ browser-based email, and 70 percent have adopted browser-based office applications, according to a recent Forrester study.Since employees spend a lot of time in their browsers at work, we wanted to share some ways you can customize Chrome Browser to help employees stay focused. Chrome Browser has many built-in capabilities that IT admins can use to pre-install bookmarks, apps, and extensions,centrally manage policies, and provide an optimal web browsing experience.Here are five things IT admins can do with Chrome Browser to help teams work more efficiently.1. Use Chrome Sync to get fast and easy access across devices.With Chrome Sync, an employee’s browser history, bookmarks, apps, extensions and even open tabs can follow them from device to device throughout the day—even as they switch across Windows, Mac and Chrome OS platforms. IT can also manage bookmarks centrally through policy, pushing out links to important sites and web apps that users can access from any device when logged into the browser.2. Help users stay secure through Safe Browsing.With Safe Browsing, Chrome Browser automatically notifies users when a site may be malicious, so they can avoid it. This means employees can avoid threats that might result in spending hours recovering from an infected device instead of getting things done. IT can allow users to decide if they want Safe Browsing turned on, or they can set a policy centrally to enable or disable it.3. Block intrusive ads so employees can stay focused.Intrusive ads can be a drain on anyone’s peace of mind. By enabling Chrome Browser’s automatic pop-up blocker through set policies, IT teams can help employees stay on task without being distracted. Chrome Browser now automatically filters links to third-party websites disguised as play buttons or other site controls, or transparent overlays on websites that capture clicks and open new tabs or windows.4. Use a standardized homepage for employees.IT admins can set employees’ homepages to internal sites so they have the latest tools and most up-to-date information. And with Group Policy or Cloud Policy, IT can easily set different homepages for different groups in the organization.5. Pre-install apps and extensions for easy access and security.IT admins can make it easy for employees to access the apps and extensions they need to be productive while maintaining the right security policies. They can deploy selected apps and extensions tailored to an employee’s department or role, whether they're internally built or public, like productivity or CRM apps, giving them easy access to the tools needed to do their work as soon as they open their browser. Visit Device management > Chrome > User Settings in the Admin Console or check out these instructions.These are just a few ways IT admins can manage Chrome Browser to support user productivity. To get started with managing Chrome Browser for businesses, visit our website. And for information on how to set up, manage and configure Chrome Browser for your enterprise, check out our help center.[...]

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G Suite Enterprise for Education is now availableG Suite Enterprise for Education is now availableProduct Manager

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:30:00 -0000

Since launching G Suite for Education, we’ve heard a common request from colleges, universities and large school districts: the need for more advanced tools to meet their complex technology needs. In January, we announced G Suite Enterprise for Education, a new edition of G Suite for Education that offers additional enterprise-grade capabilities designed for large institutions and customized for education. Starting today, G Suite Enterprise for Education is generally available to educational institutions in the United States, and is coming to more countries soon.Additionally, new tools—such as Data Loss Prevention (DLP), security key management and enforcement, and Gmail S/MIME—will start rolling out to all G Suite for Education users over the next few months. G Suite for Education, a suite of tools used by 80M teachers and students, has been and will remain free for schools and we’ll continue to add new features to that edition at no additional cost.New security features added to free version of G Suite for EducationAdmins can expect increased security and greater controls with new tools that are being made available over the next few months to the free version of G Suite for Education:Gmail and DriveData Loss Prevention (DLP) lets admins prohibit users from sharing sensitive content with people outside their institutions. It checks for sensitive content like personal student information or preset keywords, and alerts admins so they can intervene. Hosted Gmail S/MIME offers schools an additional line of defense to protect sensitive emails. With this tool, institutions have the option to digitally sign and encrypt emails. In addition, it also adds verifiable account-level signatures authentication to better protect against email spoofing. It’s easy to manage for administrators and seamless for users.Security keymanagement and enforcement offers an additional layer of security for user accounts by requiring a physical key. Admins can now require faculty, staff and students to use physical keys that use cryptography as a part of 2-step verification when signing into G Suite.  Admins can control session length for users accessing Google services like Gmail and Drive, which means that users will be automatically logged out after a specified amount of time. If specific groups of users require certain session lengths, admins can apply different web session duration settings to different groups.Enterprise-grade tools for educational institutionsFor educational institutions with administrative needs similar to businesses, G Suite Enterprise for Education offers robust tools customized for education. Here’s what users can expect:Advance your institution with advanced controlsThe Security Center in G Suite Enterprise for Education gives organizations more visibility and control over security. To prevent institutions from potential threats, we’re arming IT admins with actionable insights to protect sensitive data against attacks. With security center tools, IT departments gain insights into how data may be exposed with external file sharing, can see phishing messages targeting users within their organization, and access metrics to demonstrate the organization’s security effectiveness.With Advanced Mobile Device Management (MDM), universities and institutions have scaled control over devices in their domain. Using customizable MDM rules, admins can automate mobile device management tasks, like approving all Android devices that enroll for management at the start of a new school year. Once the rules are in place, pre-specified events trigger actions like sending notification emails to administrators, blocking or approving a device, or even wiping account data from devices if its lost by a student. And with Mobile Audit, admins can see a report of device activities, including [...]

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BeeTouched: how the internet keeps the buzz in a family businessBeeTouched: how the internet keeps the buzz in a family business

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 02:00:00 -0000

Editor’s note: As part of our series of interviews with entrepreneurs across Asia-Pacific who use the internet to grow, we spoke with Aaron Huang, the manager of BeeTouched, a honey business in Taiwan. After he and his cousins took over the family business, Aaron used the internet to build a new brand and spread awareness of Taiwan’s delicious honey. Since it was established in 1982, BeeTouched has grown from 10 to 50 full-time employees.Please tell us more about BeeTouched.My family has been in the honey business for three generations. My grandfather was a beekeeper and began selling honey more than 50 years ago. After they inherited the business, my father and two uncles decided to expand it by selling raw honey to other businesses.Today, I’m proud to run the business with four of my cousins. Our generation decided to establish the company as a unique brand that connected independent beekeepers and consumers, rather than just a honey supplier for other businesses. We may be biased because we hail from a beekeeping family, but we think that beekeepers are really interesting people! Every Taiwanese beekeeper we work with has an inspiring, touching story to share.Aaron Huang, third-generation Taiwanese honey seller and CEO of BeeTouched.What impact do you think the internet has had on your business?The internet allows us to understand and engage our customers better. Tools like Google Analytics help us appreciate our clients’ needs and preferences. With the internet, we are in a better position to give our customers what they want.The internet has also expanded our ability to reach new audiences in an easy and cost-effective manner. We use YouTube to share videos about our products and the benefits of honey. AdWords has also been a very effective tool. Since we started using it, traffic to our site has increased 40 percent.How do you think BeeTouched has helped beekeepers in Taiwan?Keeping bees is hard work. More than a few beekeepers have told me that they do not want their children to follow them in the same line of work. By providing beekeepers with a predictable and regular demand for honey, we hope that we make their livelihoods more stable. BeeTouched is also passionate about promoting Taiwanese honey as a unique product for consumers to enjoy rather than raw material for a factory line. Over the years, I think we’ve managed to persuade consumers that it’s worth it to pay a bit more for good Taiwanese honey. Every year, the Taiwanese beekeeper association gives us a certificate to thank us for our efforts.Beekeepers tend to the apiaries which supply BeeTouched’s honey in TaiwanWhat’s next for your business? Do you plan on expanding at home or overseas?We have over 10,000 registered customers on our site. Thanks to the Internet and Google, we’ve already been able to export honey to the United States, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, China, and Hong Kong. We’re excited to export honey to more countries and we are also exploring the possibility of working with beekeepers from other parts of the world.[...]BeeTouched, a third-generation family-owned honey business, uses the internet to reach honey-lovers around the world.

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Designing for human and environmental healthDesigning for human and environmental health[e]Team Lead

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:42:00 -0000

Imagine a world of abundance—a world where products are infinitely recycled and the design process itself begins with considering the health and well-being of people and the environment. Imagine those products flowing through an economy that is both profitable and stems depletion of raw materials. That’s the world we want for all of us, and Google is working with the experts who are getting us there.This vision is embodied in a model called the circular economy—and achieving it requires changing our relationship to natural resources, as well as engagement from designers, material scientists, chemists, policy makers, industry partners and consumers. It requires the development of new materials and processes that optimize for human and environmental health, and capture more value from materials by keeping them in use longer.Today, we published a joint white paper with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to share a vision for how safer chemistry and healthy materials are essential to unlocking the circular economy. For the past two years, we’ve partnered with The Ellen MacArthur Foundation on a range of circular economy issues and initiatives, and today’s paper is the next step in this partnership. It's also the culmination of more than a decade of hands-on experience at Google in driving safer chemistry and healthy material innovation across supply chains.Our Real Estate and Workplace Services team has been working to remove toxins from materials in our built environment for years. It started when we were opening new spaces and started asking questions about the “new space smell,” like carpeting and paint. The answers (or lack thereof) told us that we needed to do more to ensure that our expanded spaces were healthy and sustainable for our employees—and that the manufacturers we were working with knew what was in their materials.At the same time, our consumer hardware business—like Pixel and Google Home—is rapidly expanding. The growth of our consumer hardware business means that we aren’t just applying this approach to building materials, but also to the manufacturing of consumer tech products, like phones and smart speakers. It also means that we have a responsibility to understand and address the impacts associated with material selection, production, transportation, use, serviceability and the recycling of our products.We take this responsibility seriously, not only because it’s part of who we are at Google, but because we believe we must do so if we are going to realize sustainable, profitable enterprise. That's why we're investing in the creation and adoption of safer chemistry and healthy materials, and working to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.We’re publishing a white paper on safer chemistry and healthy materials for human and environmental health in real estate construction and consumer hardware.[...]

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Preserving endangered wonders of the world, for generations to comePreserving endangered wonders of the world, for generations to comeProgram Manager

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:00:00 -0000

When Ben Kacyra watched on TV as the Taliban destroyed 1,500 year-old Buddhist statues in Bamiyan, Afghanistan in 2001, he felt compelled to do something. Mr. Kacyra, who happens to be one of the creators of the world's first three-dimensional laser scanning system, realized that his technology could be used to record monuments at risk of damage due to natural disasters, war, or tourism, so that they could be preserved for future generations.He founded CyArk, a non-profit that has created the world’s largest and most detailed 3D digital archive of endangered wonders of the world—a lasting record of monuments at risk of disappearing. Now, Google Arts & Culture has partnered with CyArk to open up access to their virtual wonders and share their stories with everyone. The Ananda Ok Kyaung temple, in Bagan, Myanmar remains closed to visitors due to the damage from a 2016 earthquake. You can now virtually step inside and discover its famous wall paintings.With modern technology, we can capture these monuments in fuller detail than ever before, including the color and texture of surfaces and the geometry captured by laser scanners with millimeter precision in 3D. These detailed scans can also be used to identify areas of damage and assist restoration efforts.Eim Ya Kyaung in Bagan, Myanmar. The temple was built in 1242 and was damaged by an earthquake.The image above shows a structure in Bagan, Myanmar, where a 2016 earthquake damaged many of the city’s famous temples. Before disaster struck however, CyArk’s team had scanned and photographed the site—inside and outside, from the ground and from above. Using the data they collected, we reconstructed Bagan’s key monuments in 3D so you can now travel through this breathtaking place and even step inside the temples using a computer, smartphone or virtual reality viewer like Daydream.As part of this new online exhibition you can explore stories from over 25 iconic locations across 18 countries around the world, including the Al Azem Palace in war-torn Damascus, Syria and the ancient Mayan metropolis of Chichen Itza in Mexico. For many of the sites, we also developed intricate 3D models that allow you to inspect from every angle, using the new Google Poly 3D viewer on Google Arts & Culture.Scroll through some of the iconic locations:AyutthayaGAC.pngCapturing photogrammetry data at the historic city of Ayutthaya, Thailand with a droneCyArk_Al Azem Palace_3-D point cloud scan.png3D aerial scan of AyutthayaChichen Itza 3D point cloud.png3D point cloud of El Castillo, the Temple of Kukulcan in Chichén Itzá, MexicoCyArk_Mesa Verde.pngScanning of the renowned cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde, USA.3D model_Mesa Verde.png3D model of Mesa Verde’s cliff dwellingsSomaliland Rock Art Technical training.pngTraining digital archaeologists at the Somaliland Rock Art siteCyArk_Al Azem Palace_3-D point cloud scan.png3D aerial scan of Al Azem Palace in SyriaOver the past seven years, we’ve partnered with 1,500 museums in over 70 countries to bring their collections online and put more of the world’s culture at your fingertips. This project marks a new chapter for Google Arts & Culture, as it’s the first time we’re putting 3D heritage sites on the platform.To help the work of restorers, researchers, educators and the entire community working to preserve our cultural heritage, we’re opening up access to the source data collected by CyArk from around the world. Now anyone can apply to download the data, with the help of the Google Cloud Platform.You don’t need to be an archaeologist to uncover fascinating details in this collection! Discover Google Arts & Culture’s "Open Heritage” project online—or download our free app for iOS or A[...]

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Digital skills for Arabic speakers everywhereDigital skills for Arabic speakers everywhereGoogle Middle East & North Africa

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:00:00 -0000

In the Middle East and North Africa, only 38 percent of youth believe their education gives them the skills they need to enter the workforce. By 2020, one in five jobs in the Arab world will require digital skills that aren’t widely available today. Many women are contributing to the innovation coming out of the Arab world, yet this region has among the lowest female economic involvement globally.To address the growing skills gap in the region’s workforce, and to help ensure that opportunities created by technology are available to everyone, we’ve launched Maharat min Google (the English translation is “Building Capabilities with Google”). It’s an initiative to help Arabic speakers, specifically women and young people, get ready for future job opportunities, advance their careers, or grow their businesses. Maharat min Google will provide free courses, tools and in-person digital skills training to students, educators, job seekers and businesses. The online platform includes over 100 lessons and explanatory videos covering a range of digital marketing skills including search engine marketing, social media, video, e-commerce and more.All over the Arab world, people use digital skills to realize their goals. We’ve created a series of short films that follow the journeys of six Arab women who have become entrepreneurs, women’s rights advocates and ground-breaking YouTube creators. They show how technology has helped them overcome obstacles, enabled them to forge their own paths and inspire other women to do the same by learning digital skills. We’re proud to support nonprofits that are teaching Arab youth the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly digital economy. INJAZ Al-Arab, a nonprofit that connects Arab youth to trainings and job opportunities, will use a $1 million grant from to help 100,000 high school and university students—particularly women and underprivileged students in rural areas—expand their digital skills through hands-on training across the region.We’re also collaborating with MiSK Foundation to provide in-person digital skills training to over 100,000 people in Saudi Arabia with a target of 50 percent female participation. Our new collaboration will open up a wider range of career opportunities for women and young people to use key digital skills that they’ve learned from the courses.Technology is a toolkit filled with opportunities—and Maharat min Google aims to help Arabic speakers around the world put those tools to work. We’re partnering with governments, universities, private-sector businesses and nonprofits to help more people take advantage of what the web has to offer.[...]The Maharat Min Google platform helps businesses and individuals enhance their digital knowledge.

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Helping publishers recover lost revenue from ad blockingHelping publishers recover lost revenue from ad blockingProduct Manager

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0000

Today, the majority of the internet is supported by digital advertising. But bad ad experiences—the ones that blare music unexpectedly, or force you to wait 10 seconds before you get to the page—are hurting publishers who make the content, apps and services we use everyday. When people encounter annoying ads, and then decide to block all ads, it cuts off revenue for the sites you actually find useful. Many of these people don't intend to defund the sites they love when they install an ad blocker, but when they do, they block all ads on every site they visit.  Last year we announced Funding Choices to help publishers with good ad experiences recover lost revenue due to ad blocking. While Funding Choices is still in beta, millions of ad blocking users every month are now choosing to see ads on publisher websites, or “whitelisting” that site, after seeing a Funding Choices message. In fact, in the last month over 4.5 million visitors who were asked to allow ads said yes, creating over 90 million additional paying page views for those sites.Over the coming weeks, we’re expanding Funding Choices to 31 additional countries, giving publishers the ability to ask visitors from those countries to choose between allowing ads on a site, or purchasing an ad removal pass through Google Contributor. Also, we’ve started a test that allows publishers to use their own proprietary subscription services within Funding Choices.How Funding Choices worksFunding Choice gives publishers a way to have a conversation with their site visitors through custom messages they can use to express how ad blocking impacts their business and content. When a visitor arrives at a site using an ad blocker, Funding Choices allows the site to display one of three message types to that user:A dismissible message that doesn’t restrict access to content:A dismissible message that counts and limits the number of page views that person is allowed per month, as determined by the site owner, before the content is blocked.Or, a message that blocks access to content until the visitor chooses to allow ads on the site, or to pay to access the content with either the site’s proprietary subscription service or a pass that removes all ads on that site through Google Contributor.On average, publishers using Funding Choices are seeing 16 percent of visitors allow ads on their sites with some seeing rates as high as 37 percent.Ad blockers designed to remove all ads from all sites are making it difficult for publishers with good ad experiences to maintain sustainable businesses. Our goal for Funding Choices is to help publishers get paid for their work by reducing the impact of ad blocking on them, and we look forward to continuing to expand the product availability.[...]Over the coming weeks, we’re expanding Funding Choices to 31 additional countries, giving publishers the ability to ask visitors from those countries to choose between allowing ads on a site, or purchasing an ad removal pass through Google Contributor.

Use your favorite password manager with Android OreoUse your favorite password manager with Android OreoDeveloper Advocate

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 17:00:00 -0000

Security experts recommend strong, unique passwords for each service that you use. For most of us, however, it can be difficult to manage credentials across multiple websites and apps, especially if you’re trying to keep track of everything in your head.In Android 8.0 Oreo, we made it simpler to use Autofill with a password manager, like LastPass, Dashlane, Keeper, or 1Password. Particularly on tiny devices like your phone, autofill can make your life easier by remembering things (with your permission), so that you don’t have to type out your name, address, or credit card over and over again.With the new autofill services in Oreo, password managers can access only the information that’s required in order to autofill apps, making your data more secure. There’s a specific list of password managers (which you can find in Android Settings) that meet our security and functional requirements, and we'll be continuing to grow this list over time. If you already use a password manager, then you’ll be able to try the new experience today.How does it work?Setting up Autofill on your device is easy. Simply go to Settings, search for “Autofill,” and tap “Autofill service.” If you already have a password manager installed, it will show up in this list. You can also tap “Add service” to download the password manager of your choice from the Play Store.Once you’ve set a password manager as your Autofill service, the information stored in that app will show up in Autofill whenever you fill out forms (for example, your saved username and password will show up as a suggestion when you’re logging into an app for the first time).We include Google as an autofill service on all devices running Android 8.0 and above, which lets you use data that you already have saved in Chrome to fill in passwords, credit cards, addresses, and other personal information.Language and input settingsAutofill service settings: here you can pick the app that you would like to use as your Autofill serviceWhether you use Google or another password manager from the Play Store, the new Autofill experience on Oreo makes it easier to securely store and recall commonly typed information, like passwords and credit card numbers.[...]In Android 8.0 Oreo, we've made it simpler to use a password manager—like LastPass, Dashlane, Keeper, and 1Password—with your phone.

#teampixel colored outside the lines with interesting shapes this week#teampixel colored outside the lines with interesting shapes this week#teampixel enthusiast

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 17:00:00 -0000

This is shaping up to be a colorful week for #teampixel. We love shapes that grab your attention and guide your eyes when you look at a photograph—and the shapes in this week’s photos are sometimes obvious, like in staircases or sidewalk tiles. Other times they surprise you, like in a spiky Joshua tree or a boat’s wake. Can you find all the shapes in this week’s #teampixel images?teampixel_413_2.jpgLeft: @g_l0: The afterlife is shaping up to be quite colorful. Right: @meladoro: Reflecting between the lines.teampixel_413_.jpgLeft: @archibajda: Talking in circles. Right: @mykalfakerich: Circling Cappadocia’s sky.teampixel_413_3.jpgLeft: @sreshtavijay: We never realized shapes could look so tasty. Right: @sneha_menon: Too many shapes to count.teampixel_413_1.jpgLeft: @ikanshoot: Drawing a line in the sea. Right: @Moko_thefrenchie: Moko’s favorite shape is doughnut.teampixel_413_7.jpgLeft: @ishmeetgrewal: Ouch! Spiky Joshua Tree silhouettes. Right: @muddyknee: They must be studying geometry.teampixel_413_5.gif@trinitek: Flying is a great way to stay in shapeIf you’d like to be featured on @google and The Keyword, tag your Pixel photos with #teampixel and you might see yourself next.[...]

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The High Five: prom gets cheesy, pollen makes you sneezyThe High Five: prom gets cheesy, pollen makes you sneezyOn-air trends expert

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 16:45:00 -0000

Whether you’re on the hunt for a flower crown or a corsage, here’s what that ol’ internet has been up to this week …

People are searching for Coachella—specifically, “what is Coachella”? It’s a music festival in the middle of the desert in California where bandanas are worn, parasols are twirled and selfies are taken (other Coachella items trending on Search are dust masks and earplugs… not as cute.) If you’re looking to see “who is performing?” you’ll be pleased to learn that two of the top-searched artists at Coachella are Beyonce and Cardi B (but Cardi was searched 3,200 percent more than Bey this week).

For those who have to wait a few years to bask in the sweet sun of the Coachella Valley, the fluorescent light of a high school gym will have to suffice. That’s because it’s prom season, and the kids are wondering “is prom worth it?” and searching for creative promposals (prom + proposal) like “Fornite promposal” and “The Office promposal.” It’s not prom without a corsage and boutonniere (but who can spell that?). Amidst the prom-mania, “How to spell boutonniere” was a trending question this week.  

If you thought your prom was cheesy, it’s got nothing on the next trend. On Thursday, sandwich enthusiasts celebrated National Grilled Cheese Day, and they took to Google to learn new ways to make the delicious treat—searches for grilled cheese were up 300 percent. Trending types of grilled cheese were “Taco grilled cheese,” “Keto grilled cheese” and “garlic bread grilled cheese.”

Spring comes, snow melts, and people search for pollen. Is that the saying? Whatever. The next trend is pollen. Probably because there’s a lot of it in the air. People were more interested in “pollen allergy” than “food allergy” this week, and a top trending question was “how does pollen cause allergies?” 🤷

Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth welcomed her second child into the world this week, making her the first U.S. Senator to give birth while in office. The announcement of her new baby had some people searching ”How old is Tammy Duckworth?” and brought up questions about maternity leave—“how long is maternity leave?” and “when to take maternity leave?” were trending questions this week.

(image) Check out what’s trending on Google with a look at a few of the top searches from this week.

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The Robinsons are “Lost in Space" and Google Home can helpThe Robinsons are “Lost in Space" and Google Home can help“Lost in Space” Adventurer

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 16:00:00 -0000

Hello, this is Will Robinson of the 24th Colonist Group. My family and I were headed to Alpha Centauri when we accidentally crash-landed on an unfamiliar planet. Mom, Dad, Penny, Judy and I trained for this mission and had all of the provisions for a long trip but ... it hasn’t quite turned out as planned.

Our spaceship, the Jupiter 2, is sinking in ice, and we could really use some help. Everyone’s trying to be brave, but I think we’re all pretty scared. It helps that my new robot warns me when there’s trouble—so far the only thing he says is “Danger, Will Robinson!” but I don’t think it’s enough to get us out of here.

That’s where you come in. Luckily, the wiring in our spaceship still works, so we’re able to communicate with Earth. You can radio me on your Google Home to give us a hand. Just say, “Hey Google, play the Lost in Space Game,” and I’ll answer right away.

If you can give my mom some tips on how to melt ice around the spaceship, decode scrambled messages from The Resolute (our spaceship) for Dad, help Penny escape from alien creatures, and give Judy directions while she’s searching for fuel—you might just be able to help us get off this planet.

Over and out.

P.S. You can follow all of our adventures from your home planet. Just say, “Hey Google, play Lost in Space on Netflix”, to watch from your TV. (You’ll need a Netflix subscription.)

(image) New “Lost In Space Game” now available on Google Home

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Puparazzi alert: five tips for your pet photosPuparazzi alert: five tips for your pet photosProduct Manager and Cat Enthusiast, Google Photos

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 18:00:00 -0000

If you’re a pet owner, you probably live every day like it’s National Pet Day. But to honor the holiday today, we’ve put together a few pet-tential ways you can celebrate them with Google Photos:1. A photo book of your pet, created just for youStarting this week, if you take a lot of photos of your cat or dog, the Google Photos app may automatically create a photo book starring your pet. We use machine learning to save you time by selecting the best photos of your four-legged friend and laying them out in a photo book. For those of you in the U.S. or Canada, all you have to do is decide if you want a hardcover or softcover book, and then order.2. Identify popular breeds with Google LensRecently, we made Google Lens preview available in Google Photos across Android and iOS. Now, when you take a photo of an animal—like a cute cat or dog—you can use Lens to help identify its breed and get more information.3. Create a movie dedicated to your furry friendYour pet may have a leading role in your life, but it’s time to show the rest of the world that your animal is a star. If your pet is ready for a big screen debut, open your Google Photos app, go to the Assistant tab, and click on the movie button. Then, if available, choose the Meow Movie or Doggie Movie option, select your pet, and we’ll compile the best photos of your four-legged pal into a movie, set to pet-themed music.For the 150th anniversary of the SF SPCA, we put together a special Meow Movie for some of their fabulous felines who need a home. For more information, visit Label your pet to easily find photos of themIn most countries, you can label your cats and dogs so that you can search to quickly find photos of them. Or even better, you can find photos of that one time you dressed them up for Halloween by searching “Oliver hat” or pictures of them in the park by searching “Oliver park.”5. Search by breed and emojiSpeaking of fast ways to find photos of your pets, you can also search by breed, species, or emoji—tryor. Quickly search “pitbull” to rediscover photos of your sister’s cute canine, or “gecko” to pull up pics of that cool lizard your friend has. Howevfur you pampurr your pets, we hope you can try out a few of the features that Google Photos has to off-fur.[...]Google Photos loves your pet almost as much as you do.